Pear and Poppy Seed Winter Mix Salad

When I was back in Michigan visiting family, my daughter and I were looking at things from my childhood. I had this little Scholastic book called the “Book of Me”. Let me tell you my daughter had quite the giggle-fest reading this book. Mind you I wrote it when I was her age! We got to the page where it was asking about favorite foods and foods I just plain hated. Nothing made my daughter laugh harder then reading that I hated salads. “See how things change”, I told her with a devilish grin and I laughed too. I LOVE salads. One thing I LOVE the most in salads is fruit; gotta love the sweet and sour taste that tickles your mouth!

Here is a favorite winter mix for you all with pears!

Pear and Poppy Seed Winter Mix Salad

e.g. These muffins have a crunchy top with a crumbly inside where you taste the subtle hint of lemon.


  • 2 pears (halved, cored, cut into thin slices)
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon organic sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 Cups organic arugula leaves
  • 4 Cups organic baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


Step 1
In a small bowl whisk together the following: white balsamic vinaigrette, dijon mustard, sugar, salt, pepper, and poppy seeds.
Step 2
Add the olive oil in a slow manner, continuing to whisk till the vinaigrette is thick. Set aside.
Step 3
In a salad bowl toss together the arugula, baby spinach, pecans, walnuts and dressing.
Step 4
Once you serve the plates add in the pear slices as you see fit.

What is your favorite ingredient in salads?

About me

Micheale is the foodie nerd behind Crunchy Living. Crunchy Living is an eceletic mix of green living, 100% vegan and raw vegan recipes, oodles of love & seeking wellness everyday! 100% Vegan, Raw and Plant-based recipes.


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Reply September 21, 2013

My current favorite ingredient in salads is soaked raisins. The sweetness balances out the taste of my salad dressing and the taste of my bitter greens and sprouts.

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